Money, free pool and beach tickets, and tomato sauce can be obtained in Italy as a reward for immunization against Covid-19. Initiatives are multiplying all over the country; anything to encourage as many people as possible to vaccinate.
The daily Corriere della Sera notes on Sunday that various incentives are used by local authorities and institutions as well as entrepreneurs who pay their employees allowances for getting vaccinated.
Prizes for vaccination in Italy – tomato sauce and money
One of the most original ideas came from a branch of the Coldiretti Farmers’ Union in Alcara Li Fusi in the Province of Messina, Sicily, which distributes the local specialty, tomato sauce, as a reward for inoculation.
150 employees of a textile company near Pesaro in the Marche region, which also produced masks and clothes for medics last year, will receive 50 euros each if they decide to get vaccinated.
Hairdressing chain owners in Milan, Turin and Rome offer 100 euros and a day off to anyone who receives a COVID-19 pass after vaccination.
When the mayor of Borgosesia in Piedmont, Paolo Tiramani, found out that around 200 residents over the age of 60 had not vaccinated there, he prepared an incentive for them a fitness package: free entry to the swimming pool and gym at the local sports center.
In Catania, Sicily, those who get vaccinated will enter one of the paid beaches for free, where a medical point will be set up.
There are also financial rewards for doctors. In Piedmont, they will be given to GPs, 90 percent of whose patients will be vaccinated by September 15. In Bologna, pediatricians will be rewarded if the drug against Covid-19 takes 70 percent. their charges.
Further such initiatives appear just before the entry on August 6 in Italy of the obligation to present the Covid-19 pass at the entrance to indoor restaurants, cinemas, theaters and other cultural facilities, to the swimming pool, gym, sports events, as well as to conventions and amusement parks . This requirement is likely to be extended subsequently to airplanes and high-speed trains.
In the country, 60 percent of the population is completely vaccinated.
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